Neil Sedaka will be the recipient of the National Music Publishers' Assn. Songwriter Icon Award to be presented at the trade group's annual meeting on June 6 in New York City. Congressman Howard Berman, D-Calif., will be receiving the President's Award for his work on behalf of songwriters and publishers.

Sedaka is expected to perform a few songs at the meeting, which is open to all members of the music industry who register for the event. NMPA president/CEO David Israelite will host a panel discussion on the future of section 115 of the Copyright Act, which is the compulsory license provision for compositions previously released in the U.S.

Panelists are Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters, RIAA President Cary Sherman, Digital Media Assn. Executive Director Jonathan Potter and the Harry Fox Agency President/CEO Gary Churgin.

Sedaka has penned more than 1,000 songs, including "Stairway To Heaven," "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen" and "Calendar Girl." His "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" was listed by BMI as one of the 50 most performed songs of the 20th century.

"Neil Sedaka has had an incredible influence on the music world, and this award expresses our appreciation for his legacy," says Israelite, NMPA president/CEO.

Berman is chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property. He has initiated hearings addressing copyright protection and music licensing in the digital age.

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